Saturday, October 5, 2019

Autumn Splendor!

Simple layers yield tons on texture on this Creative Impressions Autumn Card!

Here I've used Web Ribbon (70183), Felt Autumn Leaves (63100), Antique Copper Frame (84502), Antique Copper Fasteners (93001), and Autumn Splendor Twill Expressions Ribbon (80461), all from Creative Impressions.

I used a scrap of decorative paper that had some collaged fall colors.  I didn't want the felt leaves to get lost so added a layer of green web ribbon to make them pop.  I laid out the panel and then attached the web ribbon with a small staple just behind the places I would adhere the leaves.

I glued the leaves down with Alene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue.  They stick quickly and dry fast and clear.  Then I cut the word "autumn" from Creative Impressions Autumn Splendor twill ribbon.  When the word doesn't quite fill the space in the metal frame, I layer it on top of the same ribbon flipped over.

Hope you enjoyed this card and happy fall, y'all!!

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Blossoms and Stitching by Jan Francis

Hello Everyone!  I'm back with another card by our Guest Designer, Jan Francis.  This is such a clever use of Creative Impressions Blossoms!

Jan cleverly used a flower punched from cardstock that she laid out on her card and traced around with a pencil multiple times.  Then she stitched the outline of the flower with purple thread and placed a light Purple Medium Sheer Blossom (60601) in the center of each stitched flower outline.  To finish, Jan added one of our White Buttons (51000) to the center of each one.  Love it!

We love the top folded card with rounded corners at the bottom along with a patterned paper layer and then the stitched white piece.  "Thinking of you" was stamped with purple ink, cut out and wrapped around the top of the card - the perfect finishing touch!

Hope you like Jan's card.  Try making one yourself with our Blossoms!

Happy Crafting,

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Stitching on Felt Shapes/Creative Impressions Stitching Template

Happy Tuesday Everyone:

I have an easy tutorial today for Stitched Creative Impressions Blossoms ( Pastel 62201, Bright 62203 and Heritage 62202) as well as the Medium Felt Blossoms (62101, 62102 one 62103) and Leaves (Olive 62302) that were added to a store-bought plain pencil case for a little extra pizzazz!

I have quite the stash of embroidery thread as I haven't created anything with cross-stitch for many years now (paper crafting is my passion now).  It was time to pull the thread out of storage and create a new use for the thread.  I decided to try stitching on the Felt Blossoms to see what kind of outcome I would have!  I love it!

I started out by stitching some designs with different colors onto the Blossoms when I was watching tv at night.  I found it to be really relaxing, so I just kept on stitching away!  This is what I ended up with:

I just started playing with layering different size blossoms together.  As you can see, there are many different stitches used.   Of course there was still one thing missing to complete the flowers - Creative Impressions Buttons in different colors!  Now I was happy!

Finally, I laid out various Blossoms on my pencil case and began to adhere them to the case using basic stitches.  Again here is the final piece.

If you find that you aren't really comfortable with embroidery or you just need some inspiration concerning what stitches to use and where, not to worry!  Creative Impressions produces and distributes this wonderful Stitching Template designed by Kathy Shaw.  You will love this!

You can leave the five full templates included together like this - just place over the desired piece, place a pencil in the holes indicated, twist the pencil and voila!, you have your pattern perfectly placed on your blossom or fabric.

In this case I cut apart the template on the broken lines with scissors and I store them on a metal ring.

Here are a few more examples of choosing the desired stitch and placing it on your piece.

I know I will be creating a lot more projects with Felt Shapes and stitching - with and without the template.  Can't wait to get started on some more!

Happy Stitching!

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Baby Gift Tags

A friend recently had a new grandson and I wanted to send her a gift.  As usual, I came up short when it came having kid stuff in my stash and, as usual, Creative Impressions to the rescue!

I used a tea stained tag that I had set to dry on the patio table on my deck.  It left an interesting stained texture, don't you think?  A simple pine tree brad fit the theme of my gift which was a onesie with mountain animals and trees.

I punched a heart from another tag to cove the back of the pine tree brad.

I layered punched hearts with this sweet little heart brad and layered onto the tissue paper.

1/8" organdy ribbon tied around gave a nice presentation to my gift for little Rhett Lukas.  Don't you just LOVE that name??

I just love how simple details make it easy to make something special for the ones you love!

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

The Fourth in the Series!

Today we are featuring the last of the four cards that we were lucky to receive from our Guest Designer, Jan Francis!  She has done a fabulous job with all of the 3 cards to date and the fourth does not disappoint!  Here it is:

This card has lots of glitz and glam!  All of the flowers were die cut from metallic cardstock to which she added our Metallic 3D Squares 90415 and Triangles 90660 brads.  So clever!  The flowers were affixed over some leaves cut from Glitter cardstock.

Before adhering the flowers, Jan wrapped our black 1/4" Grid Ribbon #70276 around the top of the card twice.  This gave some lovely texture to the card.

Finally, a die cut "Hello" was added to the bottom of the card.  Here are some close-ups of the card:

Thank you to Jan for sharing these lovely cards with us!  We hope to see more of her creative work in the future!


Tuesday, July 9, 2019

The Third of Four

You may all be asking - what in the heck does the "Third of Four" Mean?  Well, I am happy to share with you the 3rd card of the 4 total that our guest designer extraordinaire, Jan Francis has created!  Here it is:

This card absolutely "oozes" creativity!  The tag is cut from patterned paper and then from a piece of acetate packaging run through a dot pattern embossing folder to give it extra detail and dimension!  She adhered the tag over one of our beautiful Crepe Ribbons (Coral Peach 70124) previously adhered to the card front.  Then she made a lovely bow and attached it to the tag!  Beautiful!

The flowers and leaves were also die cut from patterned paper and embossed acetate.   Jan then used our fabulous buttons (#51012 Moss, 51004 Burgundy and 51017 Aqua)and sewed them to the centers of the flowers.

Finally, she die cut the word "Welcome" and  adhered it to the front of the tag!

Here are some close ups of Jan's card:

Thanks goes out to Jan again for sharing her wonderful card creations with us

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Another Jan Francis Card for Creative Impressions!

Good morning Everyone!  I have another wonderful card to share with you created by our Guest Designer, Jan Francis!  We are so thrilled to have her creating cards for us!

Jan used multiple Creative Impressions products is such a clever way!  First, she laid a piece of Cork Paper (#89000 and #89001) horizontally across the background pattern paper.  Then she wrapped our Web Ribbon in Sand (#70189) around a piece of background paper placed vertically over the card background.  She added a cream die cut circle with a slightly larger one in brown over the top of the background.  The circle was enhanced with a die cut "happy",  a Star Creative Clip (#85032) and finally with a Metal Frame in Black (#84503) with the sentiment "Happy Birthday" placed inside.  Our embellishments really make this card "pop", don't you think?

Here are some close ups of Jan's card:

Love it!  Hope you do too!

Happy Crafting!